Best GoPro Alternatives For A Lower Budget

Best GoPro Alternatives For A Lower Budget

GoPro is considered the best action camera in the market and is capable of recording and capturing your sports ventures in Full HD (1080p). But the price tag that comes with the GoPro cameras is something not everybody can afford. Also, since these cameras are mostly used to record action and adventure, there are chances of the camera getting lost, drowning or even damaged during a stunt, so it isn’t the most affordable option to purchase a Gopro.

As of now, GoPro has come out with a number of different action cameras, with the latest being GoPro Hero 5 Black and GoPro Hero 5 Session. Apart from the rectangular shape that the GoPro action cameras are normally seen with, the Session range of cameras comes with a square design and provides a good variety for users.

But even with the progression of features that comes with each new model by the leading camera manufacturing company, it isn’t possible to upgrade the model every time, nor is it a good idea to settle for something that is not up to the mark.

Even if you are a die-hard Go Pro fan, you have to agree that the high cost of the company’s products can definitely put a damper on things and burn a hole in your pocket unnecessarily, when there are some strong competitors in the market.

Many of these competitors are Chinese manufacturers that copy the best of features but at a much lower cost. But apart from Chinese alternatives for GoPro, there are various other companies like Garmin, Sony, Olympus, etc. that produce some great cameras to choose from too.

These action cameras comes in different shapes and sizes, and you can find a wide range of cameras to suit your needs. Depending on what you want, you pick the recording and picture resolution as well as camera features. Take the size of the camera into consideration as well so that depending on the sport you choose it for, it fits perfectly and conveniently.

Buy a GoPro alternative camera to record your next adventure without having to spend a fortune, and also ensure that you receive all the necessary features but at the fraction of the cost that a GoPro would cost you! 

Whether you want a different brand or just a cheaper option, we have created this page that has a bunch of cameras for you to choose from. 

Cheap GoPro alternatives list - (Updated Aug 2016)

This page will keep getting update as new models hit the market so make sure to check back from time to time.

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The Garmin VIRB XE has been created as an action camera that can be used in the toughest of environments. Record rich, high-definition and wide-angle footage of any action and adventure sports, whether up in the air or under water!


The VIRB XE can record impressive HD videos in 1440p at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, 960p at 100fps, 720p at 120fps and WVGA at 240fps. It features a custom, all-glass lens with zoom levels to ensure the perfect shots.

Garmin VIRB XE

Garmin VIRB XE

Users can also avail high-quality photography with its wide-angle 12-megapixel camera, which is enabled with a dedicated photo button. It can take pictures at speeds of up to 30fps and users can even capture still when they are recording videos. It also features gyro-enhanced image stabilization that helps in reducing shakiness in pictures.

The VIRB XE can be set to also take photos automatically over customizable intervals of up to 120 seconds. It also features Extended Timelapse, which lets the camera sleep between shots, save the battery.


The Garmin VIRB XE action camera uses a rechargeable and replaceable 980mAh Li-polymer battery, which provides uninterrupted recording. It has a battery life of up to 2 hours.

Garmin VIRB XE

Garmin VIRB XE


The VIRB XE features G-Metrix that allows you to capture much more than just footage. It has a built-in Garmin GPS, G-force and orientation sensors, and can connect wirelessly to external sensors and other Garmin devices to take further performance data like your heart rate, speed, acceleration, etc. in real time.

It is also dive ready since the camera is waterproof till up to 50 meters under water and doesn’t need any extra apparatus or cases. The camera’s exposed microphone can record clear audio and it is equipped with a hydrophobic, flat, glass lens, which makes taking underwater shots easier and delivers crystal clear quality unhindered by water drops.

Garmin VIRB XE

Garmin VIRB XE

The camera features built-in Wi-Fi that can be used in tandem with the Garmin VIRB Mobile App to preview or review the pictures and videos you are taking. You can also edit media, overlay G-Metrix data and store the pictures and videos to the cloud. It is even equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, VIRB XE to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth headsets or microphones.

The Garmin VIRB XE features a Remote Control Ecosystem that helps in extending camera control. Users will have the option of controlling the camera using VIRB remote, portable navigation devices, wearables, smart devices, aviation flight decks, chart plotters and even other VIRB cameras. You can also use the multi-camera synchronization feature to synchronizing footage from various cameras.

The camera can also be tracked if it gets lost, as VIRB tracking provides the last known position of the camera. You can also edit your media without difficulty using VIRB Edit, and attach a number of mounts and accessories available for the camera to get the perfect shot each time!



The Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera is another entrant in the 4k action camera race and features a very rugged design that can take on any conditions, as well as 7 sensors, apart from its 4k capabilities.

It features a vertical design, instead of the usual horizontal or square ones, which makes it easy to grip in one hand and record. The handycam-like design also features a 1.5-inch 115k-dot LCD monitor with an aspect ratio of 4:3, which flips open to the side and can be tilted to get the perfect angles.

The action camera can record 4K Ultra HD videos at 30fps rates, as well as 1080p Full HD at 60fps and 720p HD at 240fps.  It is equipped with an 8MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that makes use of Olympus' Truepic VII image processor. The lens features a 7-group, 7-element construction that has an aperture of f/2.0 and a wide angle of 204-degrees. It also features a 5-axis digital image stabilizer.

The Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera has 7 sensors built in, with some that are customary as well as some extra ones. The usual ones include a GPS, compass and accelerometer, while it also features a barometer, manometer that senses depth, and a water sensor and underwater thermometer to accentuate its overall ruggedness.

A main feature for the camera is its ruggedness that can be achieved without the need for housing, unlike its GoPro competitors. It is waterproof till 30 m, crushproof till 100 kg of force, freezeproof till -10°C and shockproof till 2.1 m.

It uses a microSD card to store all media, and doesn’t have any storage memory of its own. It has Wi-Fi capabilities for easy wireless file transfers and can also shoot time-lapse videos.

The Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera is available in 2 colors – black and green.



The Drift Ghost-S Action Camera boasts one of the most powerful chips available, and a leading-edge processor, as well as a Sony CMOS sensor. It uses 7-element aspherical lens technology, and can record videos in 1080p at 60 fps, and take crystal-clear images in 12 MP with extraordinary low-light performance, providing smooth and rich video and images in any atmosphere. The resolution is individually adjustable and combining the photo and video mode, allows you to take images even while recording.

It features a 1700 mAh battery that can power the action camera for about 3.5 hours, allowing a long recording time. It is also equipped with a 2 inch Corning Gorilla Glass LCD screen that is scratch-resistant. This allows users to frame their shots easily, lets them manage and view the videos, and also navigate the camera’s menus to adjust settings.

It has an easy-to-use interface gives a number of user-adjustable settings such as bit rate, frame rate, 10x digital zoom, field of view, resolution, exposure and manual HDMI out. These features along with the camera’s 300° continuously rotatable lens gives you amazing pictures every time! Due to the rotatable lens, the camera can be mounted in any direction and it will always provide a straight image so there’s no need to worry about angles.

The Drift Ghost-S Action Camera has some innovative modes to shoot wide. For instance, they have a Clone Mode that lets users simultaneously record with up to 5 cameras over the same Wi-Fi network. Another mode called Car DVR Mode turns the action camera into a dash cam and on connecting it automatically starts recording.

Users also have the option of individually choosing at what time intervals the video should be stored, allowing you to set a predetermined length. Video Tagging is another feature that lets you never miss a moment again by storing the video temporarily and recording in a continuous loop.

This action camera can resist dirt and rain and is also completely waterproof till 9 feet (3 m) without the need for any extra housing. With its waterproof case, it becomes waterproof till 196 feet (60 m) under sea level.

The action camera comes with a Drift 2-Way Remote that is simple to use and features two buttons that can be easily operated. The buttons start or stop the recording, or can control multiple cameras using the 'One-to-All' mode. It also has an LED indicator, on which the color of the light denotes the current mode.


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Published on: 22 Sep 2014 - 5:08am

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